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We are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming visitors back to Holme Bird Observatory from Monday 13th July 2020, and we are very much looking forward to seeing you once again. Thank you to all our members and visitors for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please be aware that we are not yet able to restore full access.

Some restrictions must continue and these are as follows: Hempton Marsh and Walsey Hills reserves will be re-opening to visitors on 13th July, but hides on these reserves will remain closed. At Holme the following hides will remain closed for the time being: Redwell Marsh hide, Car Park hide, Sea-watching hide, Dell hide and Broadwater hide. The Bus-Stop, Dowson and Richardson hides will be accessible to one household at a time, and the viewing platform and seating area outside the cordon will be available as well, with social distancing in place. The Observatory building will also remain closed to visitors, but a member of staff will be able to come out to meet you. We do regret that for now visitors will not be able to empty moth traps with our staff, but we will retain specimens of special interest for visitors to view at a safe distance. We will continue to charge day permit fees.

We are very sorry not to offer a fuller visitor experience just yet, but these measures are for everyone's safety and we do appreciate your understanding. We will continue to review hide closures, and will post any changes on our website.

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 19th March 2019

Highlights today included three Red Kites over the Grazing Marsh, a male Crossbill around the pines early morning, two Tree Sparrows near the Firs and a healthy count of 32 Avocet on the Broadwater.
The sunshine also brought the Butterflies out, with Brimstone and Peacock recorded.

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Norfolk hybrid Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull ad still 4.05pm Blakeney harbour on saltings 1/3ml north of The Blakeney Hotel
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still mid a'noon on Thornham Pool
Norfolk hybrid Ring-billed Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull ad still Blakeney harbour this morning
Norfolk Firecrest Blakeney at Friary Hills at east end by last gate
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Cley NWT still
Norfolk 3.Stone Curlews Weeting Heath NWT at 2.03pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Roydon Common NNR at 9.40am +showing well
Norfolk 8.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in dunes just before roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk 10.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Jack Snipe Thetford at Nunnery Lakes NR still on island at 10.24am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL (form exilipes) still 1.5mls west of Fakenham south of A148 at Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins late morning (+2+Mealy Redpolls) NR21 9GN
Norfolk 5+Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT from main hide at 10.55am. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB still on Thornham Pool
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still from viewing platform at 9.25am +2.fem.Scaup
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney at Gold Hill by A1101 suspension bridge PE14 9TF
Norfolk Water Pipit on Sunday Cley NWT at Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk Lesser Whitethroat (probably of an eastern form) on Saturday still Salthouse on bird table in garden
Norfolk Quail male singing Felmingham